Pantone Features Gaia Group Dinnerware at International Home + Housewares Show

Pantone Color Institute is the leading arbiter of color trends and calls itself “the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.” At this year’s International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, Pantone presented a series of “distinctively designed palettes” to define the key color stories in the upcoming year. Gaia Group is honored to have been featured in six of their displays, including the Pantone Color Of The Year.

Gaia Group’s Director of Trend and Product Development Jaime Mesner shares some of her inspiration for choosing Gaia’s on-trend color palettes.

I consider trends happening throughout the whole house, along with apparel, and I look at how we can appropriately evolve our palettes. I don’t start from scratch, I “evolve” colors that I think are still valid, deepening or lightening them depending on where I feel the trends are going.

I was inspired by what I saw at Maison and Ambiente, as well as shopping the market in Paris. Some colors in Happy Geo were specifically inspired by color combinations I saw in Prada’s line, along with the whimsical, fun, “happy” trend I saw. In each country I visit I make it a point to see what people are wearing and what colors they are bold enough to sport. I saw mustard yellow being worn a lot and now it is being accepted as an accent for home décor and textiles.

Other inspiration came directly from a search for a place of peace, a place to pause from the crazy in the world. I saw these soft, grey, earthy pastels throughout my travels and it brought me back to nature, specifically the ocean. Bella Terra’s 2017 palette was pulled from all the beautiful colors and hues that you see while at the ocean.

Pantone Color Of The Year, featuring Crista

Pantone introduces their Color Of The Year: “Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” See more on our Crista bowls and mugs from our Geo Collection.

Pantone Color of The Year


Discretion, featuring Barolo

The theme of “Discretion” evokes artful restraint, subtlety, and a wistful nostalgia. See more on Barolo from our Bella Terra Collection. With its shamelessly organic look and feel, Barolo invites you to embrace harmony with nature by enjoying flavorful, home-cooked creations. Rich earth-tone glazes highlight the deep texture of the underlying stoneware.


Playful, Featuring Penni

Quirky and whimsical, the Playful color story invites only fun and happiness. See more on Penni from our Geo Happy Collection. Recapture the joy of childhood with Penni’s playful, hand-brushed polkadot styling.


intricacy, featuring artesia

Textural details and metallic finishes bring new drama to neutrals in the Intricacy color story. See more on Artesia, part of our Metallic Elements Collection.  Nature and industrial forge an elemental blend in this stunning pattern, combining the rough and raw textures of hand-thrown pottery with an eye-catching black gold finish.


Verdure, featuring toscano

Fresh, healthy green hues are infused with natural berries and ambers to create Verdure. See more on Toscano from our Bella Terra Collection. Earth tone glazes gently highlight the texture and handmade feel of Toscano, enhancing the table with warmth and welcome.


Resourceful, featuring Lola and Crista

Warm orange hues contrasted with cool blues provide an exciting, complimentary mix. See more Lola and Crista from our Geo Collections.  Lola is a monochromatic kaleidoscope, shown here in Tangerine, with debossed geometric highs and lows, rich in textural details.